A Look At the OVC – Mens Basketball

While some teams have already started conference play, here is a summary of how things stack up after the non-conference slate has been essentially completed:

LEADERS OF THE PACK

MURRAY STATE (6-1)
Perennial power, Murray State, appears to be at it again. They are 6-1, with the lone loss coming to Cal. Murray has quality non-conference wins over James Madison, FIU and won its first conference game over EKU.

EASTERN KENTUCKY (5-2)
They can play more than football in Richmond. They lost very close games to Pitt and Murray and have wins over Farleigh Dickinson, UT- San Antonio and FIU.

EASTERN ILLINOIS (4-2).
The Panthers have a win over Toledo, but were drilled by Belmont.

MIDDLE OF THE PACK

JACKSONVILLE STATE– (2-4)Not a bad start for the Gamecocks. Good wins over West Alabama and Georgia Southern. A near upset on the road against Georgia as well as competitive games with UAB and UTC. Notably, the Gamecocks have battled injuries all pre-season.

PEAY
(4-4)

Peay was drilled by Tennessee and NC State, but had a good win against Akron.

TENNESSEE TECH (3-5)
Wins over Lipscomb and Central Arkansas, but were soundly defeated by Minnesota, Memphis and Kansas. Give them credit for playing that schedule!

MOREHEAD (2-3)
They have not played many games yet, one of their two wins is against Brecia. I thought Brecia was a Caribbean Island or something you put on a cracker.

BRINGING UP THE REAR

SEMO (2-6)
SEMO’s only wins are against Norfolk State and Northern Illinois.

UT-MARTIN (1-4)
The post-Lester Hudson era is off to a rough start. Their only wins are against Rhodes and Harris-Stowe. Word is that Coach Simpson is desperately seeking to get Harris-Stowe on the Pacers football schedule.

TENNESSEE STATE (1-7)

Their best player from last season transferred to Georgia. It was a rough early season for the Tigers, but they did take EIU to 3 overtimes.

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